David Bennett

Associate Editor,
Delta Farm Press

David Bennett, associate editor for Delta Farm Press, is an Arkansan. He worked with a daily newspaper before joining Farm Press in 1994. Bennett writes about legislative and crop related issues in the Mid-South states.

Payment limitations and estate planning for farmers: avoiding pitfalls
“Payment limitations run into conflicts with estate planners all the time. What we spend a couple of months putting together, estate planners can destroy overnight.” -- Robert Serio.
Crop irrigation well
Mississippi versus Memphis in major water dispute
“Back in 2005, Mississippi filed its first complaint against the city and the water utility. Mississippi argues that the water within the borders of the state is a sovereign resource that Tennessee has no right to.” -- Stephanie Showalter Otts, director of the National Sea Grant Law Center.
Is water quality trading coming to the Mid-South?
New market possible for Mid-South producers?
Troubles with barnyardgrass not abating
“We now have three counties with barnyardgrass resistance to four modes of action. We have seven classes of chemistry to control barnyardgrass in rice." -- Bob Scott, Arkansas weed specialist.
Load Judge Kit
Real-time technology reduces grain loading uncertainty
South Dakota farmer Shawn Gengerke developed the Load Judge, real-time technology that reduces the uncertainty in grain loading.
Mid-South conservation projects receive NRCS funding
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the first set of projects it will be funding to improve water quality in critical watersheds. The $100 million that will be spent over the life of the 2014 farm bill will also “strengthen agricultural operations” according to the department.
How might forestry be impacted by Waterways of the U.S. rule?
It isn’t just row crop agriculture that is fearful of the EPA’s Waterways of the U.S. (WOTUS) proposed rule. If implemented, the rule would also have a tremendous impact on forestry.
EPA sends revised Waterways of U.S. rule to review
"What you’d see is farmers not being able to farm or maintain their ability to do so. Future generations wouldn’t want to farm because of all the regulatory burdens." -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
Grain dealer oversight moves into Arkansas legislative spotlight
“Honestly, depending on what information comes out of the court case and bankruptcy proceedings, there may be several phases of legislation that plug holes exposed by Turner (Grain).” -- Andrew Grobmyer, Agricultural Council of Arkansas.
Water issues key focus in Arkansas
"We keep hearing ‘agriculture will be exempt.’ But until that’s abundantly clear, we won’t be backing any rule with such ambiguity.” -- Andrew Grobmyer, Agricultural Council of Arkansas.
Concerns over 'actively engaged' and the federal budget
"We feel the 2014 farm bill already provided substantial savings from the agriculture sector. To re-open it only a year after it was signed into law isn’t wise." -- Andrew Grobmyer, Agricultural Council of Arkansas.
Arkansas receives Section 18 for bird repellent in rice
"The real problem areas involve not only high blackbird populations but fields where someone is water-seeding or broadcasting seed. Seed on the soil surface really entices the birds into the field.” -- Jarrod Hardke, Arkansas Extension rice agronomist.
$332 million for Agricultural Conservation Easement Program in 2015
Under the 2014 farm bill, three conservation programs overseen by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service were consolidated under the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. USDA has announced that $332 million would be provided for 2015 ACEP projects.
How is the farm bill program signup going?
Val Dolcini gives progress report on signup for Agricultural Act of 2014 programs after USDA decides to give producers an additional week to sign register and get appointment with his FSA colleagues to select the Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage options.
How might the California drought impact Southern agriculture?
“One acre of rice provides enough water for six households in southern California for a year. So, there’s always a battle from people farther south wanting water."
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